You’ve probably already recognized that your hearing is failing. Hearing loss often develops due to decisions you make without knowing they’re affecting your hearing.
With a few basic lifestyle changes, many kinds of hearing loss can be avoided. Let’s explore six unexpected secrets that will help you preserve your hearing.
1. Regulate Your Blood Pressure
Consistently high blood pressure is not okay. A study found that hearing loss was 52% more likely with individuals who have above average blood pressure and they are more likely to have other health problems as well.
Take actions to decrease your blood pressure and avoid hearing damage. Don’t dismiss high blood pressure or wait to consult a doctor. Blood pressure management includes correct diet, exercise, stress management, and following your doctor’s advice.
2. Stop Smoking
There are plenty of reasons to quit smoking, here’s another: Hearing loss is 15% more likely to affect smokers. Even more shocking: People who are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke are 28% more likely to develop hearing problems. Even if you go away from the room, smoke remains for long periods of time with hazardous repercussions.
Think about protecting your hearing, if you’re a smoker, by quitting. Take measures to reduce your exposure to second-hand smoke if you spend time with a smoker.
3. Manage Your Diabetes
One in four adults is either pre-diabetic or diabetic. A pre-diabetic individual is highly likely to get diabetes within 5 years if they don’t make serious lifestyle changes.
High blood sugar harms blood vessels, which makes it extremely hard for them to efficiently transport nutrients. A diabetic individual is more than twice as likely to experience hearing loss compared to a non-diabetic individual.
If you have diabetes, protect your hearing by taking the correct steps to manage it. If you are at risk of getting type 2 diabetes, safeguard your hearing by making lifestyle changes to avoid it.
4. Lose Some Weight
This is more about your health than feeling great about how you look. Hearing loss and other health conditions rise as your Body Mass Index (BMI) increases. A mildly obese woman (with a 30 to 34 BMI) has a 17% higher risk of getting hearing loss. For someone with a BMI of 40 (moderate obesity), the risk increases to 25%.
Take steps to lose that extra weight. Your life can be prolonged and your hearing can be protected by something as basic as walking for 30 minutes every day.
5. Don’t Overuse OTC Drugs
Hearing loss can be the result of certain over-the-counter (OTC) medications. The danger rises when these medications are taken on a regular basis over prolonged periods of time.
Typical over-the-counter medicines that affect hearing include aspirin, NSAIDs (like naproxen, ibuprofen), and acetaminophen. Use these drugs in moderation and only with your doctor’s advice if you need to take them more frequently.
If you’re taking the recommended dose for the periodic headache, studies indicate you’ll probably be okay. Using them every day, however, raises the chance of hearing loss by as much as 40% for men.
Your doctor’s guidance should always be followed. But if you’re using these medicines every day to manage chronic pain or thin your blood, consult your doctor about lifestyle changes you can implement to lessen your dependence on OTC drugs.
6. Eat More Broccoli
Broccoli is full of nutrients and vitamins such as C and K and also is high in iron. Iron is essential to blood circulation and a healthy heart. Iron helps your blood transport oxygen and nutrients to cells to keep them nourished and healthy.
For vegetarians or individuals who don’t eat meat very often, eating a sufficient amount of plant-based iron is important. The iron found in plants is not as bioavailable as the iron in meat so people in this group are more likely to be deficient in iron.
Pennsylvania State University researchers examined more than 300,000 individuals. Individuals who suffer from anemia (extreme iron deficiency) are two times as likely, according to this research, to experience sensorineural hearing loss than people who have normal iron concentrations. Sensorineural hearing loss is the scientific name for irreversible hearing loss related to the aging process.
Sound is received and transmitted to the brain by tiny little hairs in the inner ear which vibrate with the frequency and volume of that sound. If these hair cells die because of poor circulation or other complications related to iron deficiency, they won’t grow back.
Don’t wait to get a hearing exam because you’re never too young. Counter hearing loss by using these simple secrets in your day-to-day life.